We weren’t blown away by Nintendo’s long-awaited Direct back in February, but it turns out that they were keeping a lot of their Hot News under their hat for today’s Indie World presentation instead.
One of the biggest surprises – and we know it was a surprise, because they kept it until the very end and did that whole “oh wait… what’s this?” rigmarole – was the reveal of Oxenfree II: Lost Signals, a sequel to the beloved Oxenfree. (OlliOlli and Oxenfree in one Direct? Come on now, Nintendo.)
Oxenfree, the debut game by California-based Night School Studio, was released in 2016, with the Nintendo Switch version coming later in 2017. It’s consistently topped lists as one of the best narrative games on the Switch, with its undertones of horror and the supernatural elevating it far beyond just a “walk and talk” game.
Oxenfree II looks like it’ll use the same kind of aesthetic as its predecessor: lots of triangles, teens, and terror, with new character Riley returning to her hometown of Camena five years after the events of Oxenfree. Investigating strange radio signals, like in the first game, is the name of the game – and it looks like Riley might get more than she bargained for.
Unless she bargained for a hole into another dimension, in which case she’ll probably get exactly what she bargained for.
Oxenfree II: Lost Signals will be coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2021.